A Pittsburgh ten-year-old convinced his mother to take $8,500 out of his college fund to buy Refrigerator Perry’s Super Bowl ring, or as it turns out, likely a replica of it, and then returned the ring to the player, who had auctioned off his original in 2007 for over $27,000.
‘When Cliff saw the ring, he said he had to have it. Once I saw the price, I said, “Absolutely not. We’re not buying the ring.” He ended up taking money out of his savings account. We told him it was money for college, but he ended up getting the ring.’
First, this boy has a huge heart (and college fund!) and a generous spirit. That fact is not lost on me. He deserves a giant pat on the back for thinking of others before himself.
But if we’re talking about this around the watercooler? As a mother, I can honestly say that while I try to teach my son that giving is better than receiving, if he came to me and told me he needed $8,500 of college money to buy a Super Bowl ring to give back to an ex-NFL player, I’d still be on the kitchen floor.
Pointing and laughing.
I’d have encouraged my son to write a letter to the player or some other small gesture, like a donation to a charity in his name. But no way in hell would I have said yes.
In fact, I’d have invented new words for no.
“No. Nyet. Nay. Uh-uh. Nope. Negative. Negatory. Never. Nincompoopnope. Nopopotamus. Noneininyet.”
Maybe that’s just me. What would you have done if this was your son?